the full, complete kitchen

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The Stinky Linky Party is in full swing until midnight tonight!
We have handsome men, party food, silver dishes, and party clothes already linked up…come get your staaank on with us!

And of course…these gorgeous earrings are up for grabs until next Thursday.
Leave a comment HERE and you are maybe, if you are lucky, the winner!

Okay enough talking now… to the pictures!
My kitchen before my itty, bitty, updates.
Nothing wrong with it. Really.
But, tweaking is always good.

Yes, some of the darkness is in my poor picture taking skills in my early blogging days.
But still. Here’s after some tweaking this week (5 months later)…


There you have it.
My kitchen week is done.
And I think there is a great difference!

P.S. My kitchen looks pretty clean.
Ha! Don’t look behind the island. In the microwave. Tucked into the dishwasher.
And those floors…
Yep, it’s all pretend folks. But she sure looks pretty! Now to keep her like that. Ugh.

Til Next time!

Past posts about kitchen updates from this week can be found…
here, and here, and here.
They show you some simple, inexpensive tips to improve your kitchen!


Linking up at these happening places…

-the rooster and the hen-nutmeg place-tatertotsandjello--six sisters stuff--craft envy-the diy show-off--home stories A to Z-how to nest for less-tip junkie-

Nellie is the founder of NellieBellie, and takes basically every photograph you've ever seen on this site. She also runs our web design business, the Savvy Sites Administration.


  1. Roeshel

    April 28, 2012 at 7:54 pm

    I love the updates – so much happier/lighter now!

    LOL! You should have seen my dining room when I was taking pictures of my kitchen the other day too.

  2. Linda @ it all started with paint

    April 27, 2012 at 6:51 pm

    Janel, I’m having some serious center island … more like center country … envy! I could sit there with my laptop and blog on and on and on …



  3. six sisters

    April 26, 2012 at 9:04 pm

    It looks so amazing!! We love it. We loved having you link up to our “Strut Your Stuff Saturday.” Hope you’ll be back soon! -The Sisters

  4. Marilyn

    April 26, 2012 at 10:53 am

    Your kitchen in fabulous!

  5. Jill @ Junky Vagabond

    April 24, 2012 at 6:37 am

    I covet that island/breakfast bar! That’s exactly what I’m hoping to somehow MacGuyver into my kitchen…someday. Your kitchen is gorgeous – love the two tone cabinets, the counters, and the floor. Your tweaking is amazing!

  6. Ruth

    April 24, 2012 at 2:38 am

    well done! You inspired me to do mine…. well I got as far as the door anyway before I ran away from the chaos that is my kitchen!

  7. Meeha

    April 23, 2012 at 9:53 am

    … but my absolute favorites are the little red frames in the second-to-last pic. What are those, framed recipes?

  8. debbie

    April 21, 2012 at 8:55 am

    Why did I just call you Martha… Janel LOL!!~

  9. debbie

    April 21, 2012 at 8:54 am

    I love the packed full of personality your kitchen shows. Really, lots of cute fun touches! What a wonderful lay out too. Have a great weekend Martha!

  10. Debbie refresh restyle

    April 20, 2012 at 9:19 pm

    It looks great! You’ve got great counter space and I love that blue window :) if you have time, can you come do something to my kitchen?
    Have a great weekend,

  11. Meg @ Nutmeg Place

    April 20, 2012 at 9:12 pm

    Janel, your kitchen is so pretty. I really love the upper cabinets and your backsplash.

    Thanks for sharing it with us!


  12. Angela @ Our Family Journey

    April 20, 2012 at 8:36 pm

    How adorable. I love the pops of color you have added. It looks so bright and cheery!!

  13. Bliss

    April 20, 2012 at 7:39 pm

    Looking good!


  14. Whitney @ The Rooster and The Hen

    April 20, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    I love how you’ve just teased us all the way along…it looks great! This is the part where I barricade the kitchen off from ever being used, just to keep it all nice and tidy and tell the husband he’s treating the family to three squares a day 7 days a week over at the local diner ;)

  15. Inspire Me Heather

    April 20, 2012 at 3:40 pm

    Your kitchen is beautiful – you’ve done a lovely job!

  16. Rebecca

    April 20, 2012 at 3:37 pm

    Your kitchen is so stinkin’ nice and lovely! Lucky!

  17. Maury @ Life on Mars

    April 20, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    Looks awesome! Great job Janel… now go take the weekend off and enjoy it!

  18. {Adventuresindinner}

    April 20, 2012 at 12:21 pm


  19. Shannon Fox

    April 20, 2012 at 11:47 am

    Loving the lighter~brighter pics and the pops of lime and aqua. So zingy and fun!!

  20. cassie

    April 20, 2012 at 10:51 am

    what a great space! all the aqua pops out at me- love it!

  21. Gwen

    April 20, 2012 at 10:39 am

    The oven? Did you throw your dirty laundry in there?

    But seriously…it looks great!

  22. Bella

    April 20, 2012 at 10:37 am

    While lighting and photog know-how play a huge role in great before and after posts, there is no denying that all your little updates make the biggest impact here! I really love all the colorful vignettes. Great job Janel!

  23. Bonnie and trish @ Uncommon

    April 20, 2012 at 10:32 am

    Looks incredible Janel!! Great job!

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